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Statistics on COVID-19, unemployment & UI benefits

Updated : August 4th, 2020

There is little doubt that coronavirus has taken the world by storm. With West Virginia reporting a confirmed case, all 50 states in the United States are now affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The deadly virus is not only lead to the shutdown of the states and assaulted the U.S. economy but also increased the unemployment rate. For those losing employment through no fault of their own, filing for UI benefits can be an effective way to overcome the unexpected financial crisis.

Amid the outbreak of coronavirus, many states have eased the unemployment benefits criteria and are offering immediate financial relief to those who have lost employment owing to the COVID-19 pandemic impacts such as travel restrictions, project cancelation, temporary shutdown of social gathering places, etc.

In this article, we will have a detailed look at the number of COVID-19 cases in popular states, the unemployment rate, and the unemployment benefits (UI) offered.

STATES CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 2020 UI BENEFITS (MAX/WEEK)
Florida 146,341 12.9% $275
Michigan 70,223 22.7% $363
California 223,645 15.5% $450
New Jersey 176,399 15.3% $696
Illinois 143,514 16.4% $648
Nevada 17,894 28.2% $426
Ohio 51,655 16.8% $598
New York 417,328 14.5% $435
North Carolina 63,734 12.2% $350
Pennsylvania 90,555 15.1% $561
Oregon 8,485 14.2% $538
Washington 33,391 15.4% $713
Connecticut 46,362 7.9% $688
Kentucky 15,347 15.4% $502
Virginia 62,189 10.6% $378
Georgia 79,417 11.9% $330
Minnesota 35,861 8.1% $740
Maryland 67,254 9.9% $430
Massachusetts 108,768 15.1% $1153
Indiana 45,228 16.9% $390
Colorado 32,511 11.3% $573
Louisiana 57,095 14.5% $284
Tennessee 42,297 14.7% $275
New Hampshire 5,760 16.3% $427
Missouri 21,778 9.7% $320
Iowa 28,874 10.2% $559
Wisconsin 28,058 14.1% $370
Oklahoma 13,172 13.7% $520
Alabama 37,175 12.9% $265
Utah 21,664 9.7% $543
Arizona 76,987 12.6% $240
South Carolina 34,644 12.1% $326
Rhode Island 16,764 17.0% $707
Arkansas 20,257 10.2% $451
Hawaii 900 22.3% $630
Kansas 14,513 11.2% $474
Maine 3,219 10.6% $667
Idaho 5,752 11.5% $414
West Virginia 2,870 15.2% $424
Montana 919 11.3% $518
Nebraska 19,042 8.3% $414
Delaware 11,376 14.3% $330
Vermont 1,208 15.6% $466
Mississippi 26,567 15.4% $235
Wyoming 1,450 9.2% $489
Alaska 904 12.9% $442
District of Columbia 10,292 11.1% $444
South Dakota 6,716 10.2% $390

Have you lost your employment due to the Coronavirus? File a claim for unemployment benefits through a hassle-free process and get benefited during this tough time.

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  1. I lived in ga in 2019 and move to florida in 2020 and work for the xmas months in nov-dec. I was told to do a combine wage claim. my question is which state do i file the claim in?

  2. I filed for pua in Ohio back in October 2020.My claim has been in ajudacatuon since 11/1/20.So 2 to 6 weeks is a total understatement! When I call.i am told to basically hurry up and wait some more.I have recently been redetermined and my claim is allowed.but I have one pending issue.How long is too long?

    1. Nicole,

      Unfortunately, nobody has an answer. There are perhaps thousands of pending applications. Please consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible.

  3. If you claim your weeks for unemployment and for the next 2 months you still have not received your money. Where can you go in volusia county to talk with a live person

  4. On NYS DOL website, my claim is saying current yet the information is for my old claim with 0 days remaining despite receiving 2 weeks of payments on the new claim and I was able to certify last night. I haven’t received anything; no letters or emails.

  5. I was disqualified for UI benefits for not providing an ID and other forms of identification. How do I fix this?

    1. Hi Mike, I’m in NYS and was at the end of my BYE on 3/14, I was still certifying but wasn’t getting paid. I found out I had to file a new claim because my other was exhausted. I’m still waiting on approval. Maybe you have to file a new claim. I hope this helps.

  6. They say 2-6 weeks it’s more accurate to say 2-6 months; and when you call many of them are rude and unwilling to assist!

  7. someone needs to look into Sharon L. Anton gillette, wyo. or dickinson, nd she is a fraud and has done so many fraudulent things and please look into her

    1. Annette,

      Please report it to the Fraud Division of the Unemployment Office in your state. You can report on the website.

  8. I worked part time for thee years here in florida. I’m currently not working. I’m also retired and collects social security.
    My question is
    Am I qualified to file for unemployment ?

    1. Ruby,

      To be eligible, you’re required to have sufficient hours and earnings. Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website.

  9. So adjudication takes 8 to 12 weeks. Oh okay, that explains why I havent received payment since July. That surely helps just like the rest of the information that you give. And by the way. What’s the NEW reason you can’t get through to the Call Center.

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